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O.C. couple pleads guilty to tying up kids

Cheryl Ann Stuart, 26, and Mario Alberto Colin, 31, are accused starving and beating the woman's two young sons and tying them to their beds.

October 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A mother and her boyfriend have pleaded guilty to beating and tying up her two young sons in Orange County.Cheryl Stuart, 26, and Mario Colin, 31, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child abuse and one felony count of corporal injury on a child on Friday.

Police arrested them after Stuart's 2-year-old and 5-year-old sons were found covered in bruises and malnourished in their Santa Ana home in June. Authorities found that Stuart had been tying the boys to their bed and crib by their wrists and ankles to keep them from moving.

Prosecutors said Colin, who works with children with behavioral issues in the El Rancho School District, sent dozens of text messages urging his girlfriend to tie the boys down.

Stuart and Colin were each sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years probation.

The two children were hospitalized and released into protective custody. They are not living with a family member.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.